Dallas Invents: 72 Patents Granted for Week of Feb. 13

Newly granted patents include those for ROKA Sports' aquatic sport performance garments and Apple's AC-DC power converters.

Patents granted for week of Feb. 13, 2018

Dallas Invents is a weekly look at U.S. patents granted with a connection to the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area. Listings include patents granted to local assignees and/or those with a North Texas inventor. Patent activity can be an indicator of future economic growth, as well as the development of emerging markets and talent attraction. By tracking both inventors and assignees in the region, we aim to provide a broader view of the region’s inventive activity. Listings are organized by Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC). 

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of Feb. 13, 2018 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

72 patents granted    Ranked No. in patent production out of 250 metros


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano) 5
CPG Technologies, LLC (Waxahachie) 2
Doskocil Manufacturing Co. Inc. (Arlington) 2
Eclipse IOR Services, LLC (North Richland Hills) 2
Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 2
Genband US LLC (Plano) 2


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Brittany Green (Fort Worth) 2
Chris Wilson (Plano) 2
J. Thomas Portwood (Keller) 2
Kurt R. Spenser (Dallas) 2
Mark C. Stephens (Dallas) 2
Nathan Tracy (Dallas) 2
Nicholas Baker (Fort Worth) 2
Robert A. Canales (Dallas)


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 


160 days

Method for the preparation of N-acetyl cysteine amide
Patent No. 9889103
Assignee: NACUITY PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. (Fort Worth)

2,997 days
Tiered service resell mechanism for IPTV
Patent: No. 9894127
Assignee: Alcatel Lucent (Boulogne-Billancourt,FR)
Inventors: Brian C. Westmoreland (Plano), Corey F. Adams (Frisco), Michael J. Brehm (Allen)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Twin screw rotary head extruder, method of extrusion and random extruded products
Patent No. 9888711 

Inventor(s): Jorge C. Morales-Alvarez (Plano, TX), V. N. Mohan Rao (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): FRITO-LAY NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15475851 on 03/31/2017 (319 days app to issue)

Abstract: An improved rotary head extruder incorporates a twin auger system, in lieu of the typically used single auger, to create random extruded products having a density within the range of about 3.0 to about 6.0 lbs/cu ft. Extrusion using the rotary die system of a rotary head extruder together with the twin auger system allows for a wide variety of fine materials to be successfully introduced into and conveyed within a rotary head extruder to the die assembly, where the materials are cooked to form random extruded products. A transition piece at the downstream end of the augers allows for continuous, uniform flow to the die assembly, where cooking takes place. The extruded products incorporate formulations with various ingredients aside from the typically used corn meal formulations, having different tastes and nutritional benefits while maintaining the desired bulk density, texture, and crunch of random extruded products. NULL


Aquatic sport performance garment with restraints and method of making same
Patent No. 9888730 

Inventor(s): Kurt R. Spenser (Dallas, TX), Mark C. Stephens (Dallas, TX), Nathan Tracy (Dallas, TX), Robert A. Canales (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ROKA SPORTS, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15469191 on 03/24/2017 (326 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aquatic sport performance garment comprising restraints affixed to a lateral material surface of the aquatic sport performance garment approximately parallel to a sagittal plane along each side of the garment and further comprising restraints affixed to a material surface across the back of the aquatic sport performance garment, posteriorly offset from the coronal plane of the garment in a criss-cross fashion, intersecting the longitudinal axis with the ends of the criss-cross restraints located in proximity to the ends of the longitudinally placed lateral restraints on each side of the garment; said restraints configured to inhibit side-to-side bending of the body of a user, reduce longitudinal drag, improve stroke mechanics, encourage proper torso rotation and muscle coordination about the midsection of the body of the user during movement and improve endurance when the garment is worn by the user when swimming.

[A41D] OUTERWEAR; PROTECTIVE GARMENTS; ACCESSORIES (eye or ear protectors A61F 9/00, A61F 11/00; sweating suits A61H 36/00)


Aquatic sport performance garment with arms-up construction and method of making same
Patent No. 9888731 

Inventor(s): Kurt R. Spenser (Dallas, TX), Mark C. Stephens (Dallas, TX), Nathan Tracy (Dallas, TX), Robert A. Canales (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ROKA SPORTS, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15471895 on 03/28/2017 (322 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aquatic sport performance garment configured to improve a user”s performance, enhance a user”s speed and ease with which the wearer moves through water, provide better control of body temperature in diverse environments and reduce overall fatigue while wearing the garment. A garment having an upper-torso portion, a free-floating, sealing collar and sleeves biased in an arms-up configuration.

[A41D] OUTERWEAR; PROTECTIVE GARMENTS; ACCESSORIES (eye or ear protectors A61F 9/00, A61F 11/00; sweating suits A61H 36/00)


Unified three dimensional virtual craniofacial and dentition model and uses thereof
Patent No. 9888983 

Inventor(s): Charles L. Abraham (Richardson, TX), Markus Kaufmann (Berlin, , DE), Peer Sporbert (Berlin, , DE), Phillip Getto (Dallas, TX), Rohit Sachdeva (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): OraMetrix, Inc (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert Berghoff LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15210452 on 07/14/2016 (579 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed enabling an orthodontist or a user to create an unified three dimensional virtual craniofacial and dentition model of actual, as-is static and functional anatomy of a patient, from data representing facial bone structure; upper jaw and lower jaw; facial soft tissue; teeth including crowns and roots; information of the position of the roots relative to each other; and relative to the facial bone structure of the patient; obtained by scanning as-is anatomy of craniofacial and dentition structures of the patient with a volume scanning device; and data representing three dimensional virtual models of the patient”s upper and lower gingiva, obtained from scanning the patient”s upper and lower gingiva either (a) with a volume scanning device, or (a) with a surface scanning device. Such craniofacial and dentition models of the patient can be used in optimally planning treatment of a patient.

[A61C] DENTISTRY; APPARATUS OR METHODS FOR ORAL OR DENTAL HYGIENE (non-driven toothbrushes A46B; preparations for dentistry A61K 6/00; preparations for cleaning the teeth or mouth A61K 8/00, A61Q 11/00)


Aldehyde dehydrogenase inhibitors as novel depigmenting agents
Patent No. 9889081 

Inventor(s): Michael A. White (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Board Of Regents, The University Of Texas System (Austin, TX), The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA)
Law Firm: Weaver Austin Villeneuve Sampson LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14322837 on 07/02/2014 (1322 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides methods and compositions for reducing pigmentation.

[A61K] PREPARATIONS FOR MEDICAL, DENTAL, OR TOILET PURPOSES (devices or methods specially adapted for bringing pharmaceutical products into particular physical or administering forms A61J 3/00; chemical aspects of, or use of materials for deodorisation of air, for disinfection or sterilisation, or for bandages, dressings, absorbent pads or surgical articles A61L; soap compositions C11D)


Low density lipoprotein nanocarriers for targeted delivery of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids to cancer
Patent No. 9889092 

Inventor(s): Ian R. Corbin (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14774637 on 03/13/2014 (1433 days app to issue)

Abstract: An LDL nanocarrier is an effective and appropriate transporter for DHA in biological systems. The LDL-DHA nanoparticle was shown to be preferentially cytotoxic to malignant liver cells. These LDL-DHA nanoparticles show great promise as an anti-cancer agent. In particular embodiments, the nanoparticles exhibit a diameter of 15 to 30 nm.

[A61K] PREPARATIONS FOR MEDICAL, DENTAL, OR TOILET PURPOSES (devices or methods specially adapted for bringing pharmaceutical products into particular physical or administering forms A61J 3/00; chemical aspects of, or use of materials for deodorisation of air, for disinfection or sterilisation, or for bandages, dressings, absorbent pads or surgical articles A61L; soap compositions C11D)


Method of inhibiting mutant C-KIT
Patent No. 9889127 

Inventor(s): Vinay K. Jain (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): AROG PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15255912 on 09/02/2016 (529 days app to issue)

Abstract:

[A61K] PREPARATIONS FOR MEDICAL, DENTAL, OR TOILET PURPOSES (devices or methods specially adapted for bringing pharmaceutical products into particular physical or administering forms A61J 3/00; chemical aspects of, or use of materials for deodorisation of air, for disinfection or sterilisation, or for bandages, dressings, absorbent pads or surgical articles A61L; soap compositions C11D)


C17-heteroaryl derivatives of oleanolic acid and methods of use thereof
Patent No. 9889143 

Inventor(s): Christopher F. Bender (Garland, TX), Melean Visnick (Irving, TX), Xin Jiang (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): REATA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highland PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15349086 on 11/11/2016 (459 days app to issue)

Abstract:

[A61K] PREPARATIONS FOR MEDICAL, DENTAL, OR TOILET PURPOSES (devices or methods specially adapted for bringing pharmaceutical products into particular physical or administering forms A61J 3/00; chemical aspects of, or use of materials for deodorisation of air, for disinfection or sterilisation, or for bandages, dressings, absorbent pads or surgical articles A61L; soap compositions C11D)


Implantable medical lead for stimulation of multiple nerves
Patent No. 9889293 

Inventor(s): Giancarlo Barolat (Golden, CA), John M. Swoyer (Blaine, MN), Michele Spinelli (Milan, , IT), Scott F. Drees (Dallas, TX), Steven Siegel (North Oaks, MN)
Assignee(s): NUVECTRA CORPORATION (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes Boone, LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15364905 on 11/30/2016 (440 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various examples, an apparatus includes a stimulation lead including an elongate body including a distal end and a proximal end. At least one first electrode is disposed proximate the distal end of the elongate body and is configured to stimulate a first target nerve. At least one second electrode is disposed between the at least one first electrode and the proximal end of the elongate body and is configured to stimulate a second target nerve. At least one first fixation structure is disposed between the at least one second electrode and the proximal end of the elongate body. The at least one first fixation structure is configured to anchor the stimulation lead proximate the sacrum, wherein the at least one first fixation structure is located on the elongate body and spaced a first distance proximally along the elongate body from the at least one first electrode.

[A61N] ELECTROTHERAPY; MAGNETOTHERAPY; RADIATION THERAPY; ULTRASOUND THERAPY (measurement of bioelectric currents A61B; surgical instruments, devices or methods for transferring non-mechanical forms of energy to or from the body A61B 18/00; anaesthetic apparatus in general A61M; incandescent lamps H01K; infra-red radiators for heating H05B) [6]


Implantable head located radiofrequency coupled neurostimulation system for head pain
Patent No. 9889308 

Inventor(s): Claire Denault (Southlake, TX), Francis Menezes (Simi Valley, CA), Harry Dellamano (Santa Rosa Valley, CA), Kenneth Lyle Reed (Dallas, TX), Michael Steven Colvin (Newbury Park, CA), Paul Griffith (Santa Rosa Valley, CA),
Assignee(s): Syntilla Medical LLC (Southlake, TX)
Law Firm: Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15402090 on 01/09/2017 (400 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system is provided for driving an implantable neurostimulator lead, the lead having an associated plurality of electrodes disposed in at least one array on the lead. The system comprises an implantable pulse generator (IPG), the IPG including an electrode driver, a load system for determining load requirements, an IPG power coupler, and an IPG communication system. The system also includes an external unit, which includes an external variable power generator, an external power coupler, an external communication system, and a controller for varying the power level of the variable power generator.

[A61N] ELECTROTHERAPY; MAGNETOTHERAPY; RADIATION THERAPY; ULTRASOUND THERAPY (measurement of bioelectric currents A61B; surgical instruments, devices or methods for transferring non-mechanical forms of energy to or from the body A61B 18/00; anaesthetic apparatus in general A61M; incandescent lamps H01K; infra-red radiators for heating H05B) [6]


Groove pattern for a putter head
Patent No. 9889353 

Inventor(s): Blair M. Philip (Dallas, TX), Jeffrey T. Halstead (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): TRU2SPORTS LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Dorsey Whitney LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15292412 on 10/13/2016 (488 days app to issue)

Abstract: A putter head is provided. The putter head includes a putter face defining a groove pattern extending in a heel-to-toe direction of the putter face. The groove pattern includes multiple sets of grooves spaced apart from one another in a vertical direction of the putter face. The sets of grooves have different cross-sectional configurations to adjust a launch angle of a golf ball based on an impact location of the golf ball along the vertical direction of the putter face.

[A63B] APPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT (apparatus for passive exercising, massage A61H)


 

O P E R A T I O N S  &  T R A N S P O R T

Rotatable caddy for catheters and other coiled surgical devices
Patent No. 9889462 

Inventor(s): Julia Fayanne Chen (Dallas, TX), Sam S. Ahn (Los Angeles, CA), Sheena Winwen Chen (Allen, TX), Travis J. Miller (Dallas, TX), William P. Murphy, Jr. (Coral Gables, FL)
Assignee(s): EndoCaddy, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Snyder, Clark, Lesch Chung, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14670554 on 03/27/2015 (1054 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device comprises a cylinder and a tank. The cylinder includes a first disc and a second disc, multiple struts arranged orthogonally between the first disc and the second disc, and a plurality of walls, parallel to the first disc and the second disc. The struts generally form a circumference with spaces between each of the struts along the circumference; the walls extend through the space between the struts and beyond the circumference of the struts; and the walls form a plurality of tracks around the circumference of the struts. An axle extends orthogonally between the first disc and the second disc, and at least a portion of the cylinder rotates about the axle. The tank includes a basin to hold a liquid solution. When a catheter is wound around the cylinder, the rotation of the cylinder causes the catheter to be coated in the liquid solution from the basin.

[B05B] SPRAYING APPARATUS; ATOMISING APPARATUS; NOZZLES (spray-mixers with nozzles B01F 5/20; processes for applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces by spraying B05D) [2]


High performance contact tip and nozzle assembly for an arc welding apparatus
Patent No. 9889519 

Inventor(s): Khalid Hassan (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): Victor Equipment Company (Denton, TX)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14540798 on 11/13/2014 (1188 days app to issue)

Abstract: A consumable assembly for use in an arc welding apparatus is provided that includes a nozzle assembly having a nozzle body, an insulator disposed within the nozzle body, and a nozzle insert disposed within the insulator. The nozzle insert includes an internal gas diverter. A contact tip is disposed within the nozzle assembly and includes at least one aperture extending from an exterior portion to an internal cavity, an exit orifice, a distal end face, and an exterior surface extending between the at least one aperture and the distal end portion of the contact tip. The internal gas diverter directs a flow of shield gas exiting the at least one aperture along the exterior surface of the contact tip, and a principal distance from the at least one aperture to the distal end face is varied to adjust the flow of the shield gas for improved cooling.

[B23K] SOLDERING OR UNSOLDERING; WELDING; CLADDING OR PLATING BY SOLDERING OR WELDING; CUTTING BY APPLYING HEAT LOCALLY, e.g. FLAME CUTTING; WORKING BY LASER BEAM (making metal-coated products by extruding metal B21C 23/22; building up linings or coverings by casting B22D 19/08; casting by dipping B22D 23/04; manufacture of composite layers by sintering metal powder B22F 7/00; arrangements on machine tools for copying or controlling B23Q; covering metals or covering materials with metals, not otherwise provided for C23C; burners F23D)


Mobile device transport parking notification and movement tracking
Patent No. 9892642 

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15589284 on 05/08/2017 (281 days app to issue)

Abstract: Tracking movements of mobile devices may provide insight into parking space availability for transports deemed to be associated with those mobile devices. One example method of operation may include identifying a transport speed of a particular transport vehicle is moving above a first threshold speed, identifying a first change in direction of the transport and confirming a new transport speed after the first change in direction is less than a second threshold speed. The method may also include initiating a monitoring event to track movement of the transport responsive to the first change in direction of the transport or the confirmed new transport speed.

[B60Q] ARRANGEMENT OF SIGNALLING OR LIGHTING DEVICES, THE MOUNTING OR SUPPORTING THEREOF OR CIRCUITS THEREFOR, FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL [4]


 

C H E M I S T R Y & M E T A L L U R G Y

Method for the preparation of N-acetyl cysteine amide
Patent No. 9889103 

Inventor(s): John C. Warner (Wilmington, MA), John W. Lee (Wilmington, MA), Sambaiah Thota (Wilmington, MA), Srinavasa Cheruku (Wilmington, MA)
Assignee(s): NACUITY PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15696912 on 09/06/2017 (160 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present application discloses an efficient process for the preparation of N-acetyl-L-cysteine amide (NACA) starting with N-acetyl-L-cysteine.

[C07C] ACYCLIC OR CARBOCYCLIC COMPOUNDS (macromolecular compounds C08; production of organic compounds by electrolysis or electrophoresis C25B 3/00, C25B 7/00)


Strip process and composition for MCrAlY coatings and a method of using the same
Patent No. 9889631 

Inventor(s): Eric W. Stratton (Mansfield, TX), Michael J. Minor (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION (Farmington, CT)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14830675 on 08/19/2015 (909 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to strip process for removing a coating from a substrate comprising the steps of: providing a base alloy and a MCrAlY coating deposited over the base alloy substrate; and removing the MCrAlY coating by bringing the MCrAlY coating in contact with an acid solution comprising nitric acid, phosphoric acid and ammonium bifluoride in an aqueous solution, and maintaining the acid solution contact for sufficient time and at sufficient temperature to permit the coating to be stripped from the base alloy substrate.

[C03C] CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF GLASSES, GLAZES, OR VITREOUS ENAMELS; SURFACE TREATMENT OF GLASS; SURFACE TREATMENT OF FIBRES OR FILAMENTS FROM GLASS, MINERALS OR SLAGS; JOINING GLASS TO GLASS OR OTHER MATERIALS


Extruded gypsum-based materials
Patent No. 9890083 

Inventor(s): Evan R. Daniels (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): THE INTELLECTUAL GORILLA GMBH (Entlebuch, , CH)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14781832 on 03/05/2014 (1441 days app to issue)

Abstract: An extrudable gypsum-based material is formed from a mixture that includes gypsum in the range of about 40 to 90% by dry weight percent, a secondary material in the range of about 0.1 to 50% by dry weight percent, a reinforcement fiber in the range of about 1 to 20% by dry weight percent, a rheology modifying agent in the range of about 0.5 to 10% by dry weight percent, a retarder in the range of about 0.1 to 8% by dry weight percent, a water in the range of 10 to 50% of a total wet material weight.

[C04B] LIME; MAGNESIA; SLAG; CEMENTS; COMPOSITIONS THEREOF, e.g. MORTARS, CONCRETE OR LIKE BUILDING MATERIALS; ARTIFICIAL STONE; CERAMICS (devitrified glass-ceramics C03C 10/00); REFRACTORIES (alloys based on refractory metals C22C); TREATMENT OF NATURAL STONE [4]


T E X T I L E S , P A P E R


Methods for producing carbon fibers from poly-(caffeyl alcohol)
Patent No. 9890480 

Inventor(s): Fang Chen (Denton, TX), Mangesh Nar (Denton, TX), Nandika D”Souza (Plano, TX), Richard Dixon (Sulphur, OK)
Assignee(s): UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS (Denton, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14729369 on 06/03/2015 (986 days app to issue)

Abstract: Poly-(caffeyl alcohol) (PCFA), also known as C-lignin, is a promising new source of both carbon fibers and pure carbon. PCFA can be used to produce carbon fibers by direct electrospinning, without blending with another polymer to reduce breakage. Analyses have shown that the carbon obtained from PCFA is superior to that obtained from other lignins. The fibers formed from PCFA are smoother, have a narrower diameter distribution, and show very low defects. The PCFA can be obtained by extraction from plant seed coats. Examples of these plants include the vanilla orchid, [i]Vanilla planifolia[/i], and [i]Jatropha curcas[/i]. The fibers may be formed through electrospinning, although other methods for forming the fibers, such as extrusion with a carrier polymer, could be used. The fibers may then be carbonized to increase the carbon yield.

[D01D] MECHANICAL METHODS OR APPARATUS IN THE MANUFACTURE OF MAN-MADE FILAMENTS, THREADS, FIBRES, BRISTLES OR RIBBONS (working or processing of metal wire B21F; fibres or filaments of softened glass, minerals or slag C03B 37/00)


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Door release mechanism
Patent No. 9890582 

Inventor(s): Alvin Eiterman (Hilliard, OH), Mark Daus (Doylestown, OH)
Assignee(s): Overhead Door Corporation (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15144537 on 05/02/2016 (652 days app to issue)

Abstract: A door hoist includes a bracket, drive sprocket, ring gear, hub assembly, set of planetary gears, and governor shaft. The drive sprocket has a drive sprocket axis. The ring gear is fastened to the drive sprocket. The ring gear has a ring gear axis that is in alignment with the drive sprocket axis. The hub assembly includes a connector to receive a door drive shaft and secure the door drive shaft in a fixed rotational alignment with the hub assembly. The set of planetary gears is rotationally mounted to the hub assembly. The set of planetary gears is configured to mate with the ring gear. The governor shaft includes a sun gear, brake assembly, and link. The sun gear is configured to mate with the set of planetary gears. The brake assembly has an engaged position and a disengaged position. The sun gear is rotationally fixed relative to the bracket in response to the brake assembly being in the engaged position. In response to the brake assembly being in the disengaged position, rotation of the sun gear is unfixed relative to the bracket. The link secures the brake assembly in the engaged position. The link is configured to melt in response to an ambient temperature exceeding a predetermined temperature.

[E06B] FIXED OR MOVABLE CLOSURES FOR OPENINGS IN BUILDINGS, VEHICLES, FENCES, OR LIKE ENCLOSURES, IN GENERAL, e.g. DOORS, WINDOWS, BLINDS, GATES (shades or blinds for greenhouses A01G 9/22; curtains A47H; lids for car boots or bonnets B62D 25/10; sky-lights E04B 7/18; sunshades, awnings E04F 10/00)


Drill bits and tools for subterranean drilling including rubbing zones and related methods
Patent No. 9890597 

Inventor(s): Cara D. Weinheimer (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Baker Hughes Incorporated (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: TraskBritt (Local + 4320 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15095538 on 04/11/2016 (673 days app to issue)

Abstract: A drill bit may include a bit body including at least one blade extending at least partially over a cone region of the bit body. Additionally, the drill bit may include a plurality of cutting structures mounted to the at least one blade and a rubbing zone within the cone region of the at least one blade, wherein cutting structures within the rubbing zone have a reduced average exposure. Additionally, a method of directional drilling may include positioning a depth-of-cut controlling feature of a drill bit away from a formation to prevent substantial contact between the depth-of-cut controlling feature and rotating the drill bit off-center to form a substantially straight borehole segment. The method may also include positioning the depth-of-cut controlling feature of the drill bit into contact with the formation to control the depth-of-cut and rotating the drill bit on-center to form a substantially nonlinear borehole segment.

[E21B] EARTH OR ROCK DRILLING (mining, quarrying E21C; making shafts, driving galleries or tunnels E21D); OBTAINING OIL, GAS, WATER, SOLUBLE OR MELTABLE MATERIALS OR A SLURRY OF MINERALS FROM WELLS [5]


Devices and related methods for actuating wellbore tools with a pressurized gas
Patent No. 9890604 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey D. Wood (Keller, TX), Matthew C. Clay (Burleson, TX)
Assignee(s): OWEN OIL TOOLS LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Mossman, Kumar Tyler, PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14669546 on 03/26/2015 (1055 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for activating a wellbore tool may include a first sub, gas transfer sub, and a second sub. The first sub has an igniter that generates a flame output that ignites a power charge. The power charge generates a high pressure gas when ignited by the flame output. The gas transfer sub has a first end receiving a portion of the power charge, a longitudinal bore, and a plurality of flow passages radiating from the longitudinal bore. The flow passages provide fluid communication between the longitudinal bore and the first sub. The second sub includes a shaft having a first end connectable with the gas transfer sub.

[E21B] EARTH OR ROCK DRILLING (mining, quarrying E21C; making shafts, driving galleries or tunnels E21D); OBTAINING OIL, GAS, WATER, SOLUBLE OR MELTABLE MATERIALS OR A SLURRY OF MINERALS FROM WELLS [5]


Systems and methods for the treatment of oil and/or gas wells with a polymeric material
Patent No. 9890624 

Inventor(s): J. Thomas Portwood (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Eclipse IOR Services, LLC (North Richland Hills, TX)
Law Firm: Wolf, Greenfield Sacks, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14633620 on 02/27/2015 (1082 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for the treatment of oil and/or gas wells are generally provided. In some embodiments, a reservoir comprising oil and/or gas may contain regions that differ in permeability to the drive fluid used to displace the oil and/or gas. The higher permeability region(s) may limit oil and/or gas recovery from lower permeability regions. A method of enhancing oil and/or gas recovery in such a reservoir may comprise injecting a fluid comprising a microemulsion into the reservoir prior to obstructing one or more region (e.g., higher permeability regions) of the reservoir. The use of a microemulsion prior to obstructing one or more region of the reservoir may enhance the barrier properties of the resulting obstruction. In some embodiments, injecting a fluid comprising a microemulsion into the reservoir may also increase the overall production of the oil and/or gas well lacking the microemulsion treatment.

[E21B] EARTH OR ROCK DRILLING (mining, quarrying E21C; making shafts, driving galleries or tunnels E21D); OBTAINING OIL, GAS, WATER, SOLUBLE OR MELTABLE MATERIALS OR A SLURRY OF MINERALS FROM WELLS [5]


Systems and methods for the treatment of oil and/or gas wells with an obstruction material
Patent No. 9890625 

Inventor(s): J. Thomas Portwood (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Eclipse IOR Services, LLC (North Richland Hills, TX)
Law Firm: Wolf, Greenfield Sacks, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14212383 on 03/14/2014 (1432 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for the treatment of oil and/or gas wells are generally provided. In some embodiments, a reservoir comprising oil and/or gas may contain regions that differ in permeability to the drive fluid used to displace the oil and/or gas. The higher permeability region(s) may limit oil and/or gas recovery from lower permeability regions. A method of enhancing oil and/or gas recovery in such a reservoir may comprise injecting a fluid comprising a microemulsion into the reservoir prior to obstructing one or more region (e.g., higher permeability regions) of the reservoir. The use of a microemulsion prior to obstructing one or more region of the reservoir may enhance the barrier properties of the resulting obstruction. In some embodiments, injecting a fluid comprising a microemulsion into the reservoir may also increase the overall production of the oil and/or gas well lacking the microemulsion treatment.

[E21B] EARTH OR ROCK DRILLING (mining, quarrying E21C; making shafts, driving galleries or tunnels E21D); OBTAINING OIL, GAS, WATER, SOLUBLE OR MELTABLE MATERIALS OR A SLURRY OF MINERALS FROM WELLS [5]


System and method for dual telemetry acoustic noise reduction
Patent No. 9890633 

Inventor(s): Todd W. Benson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Hunt Energy Enterprises, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14715759 on 05/19/2015 (1001 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for dual telemetry noise reduction on a drilling rig comprises receiving an acoustic signal including first telemetry data transmitted over a drill string of the drilling rig. A pressure signal is received including the first telemetry data transmitted through drilling mud of the drill string of the drilling rig. The pressure signal is substantially similar to the acoustic signal and offset from the acoustic signal by a first period of time. The telemetry data is determined and the noise contained within the acoustic signal and the pressure signal rejected responsive to both the received acoustic signal and the received pressure signal.

[E21B] EARTH OR ROCK DRILLING (mining, quarrying E21C; making shafts, driving galleries or tunnels E21D); OBTAINING OIL, GAS, WATER, SOLUBLE OR MELTABLE MATERIALS OR A SLURRY OF MINERALS FROM WELLS [5]


 

M E C H A N I C A L  E N G I N E E R I N G
LIGHTING | HEATING | WEAPONS | BLASTING

 

Marine engine drainage and coolant monitoring system with a single point drain
Patent No. 9889916 

Inventor(s): Michael P. Armstrong (Carrollton, TX), Scott P. Loftin (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Preston Holdings, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Handley Law Firm, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14175981 on 02/07/2014 (1467 days app to issue)

Abstract: A marine engine quick drain system is provided having multiple drainage tubes connecting each drainage point on the marine engine to a water removal device. The water removal device is operable to drain water from all drain ports within the engine simultaneously, routing all drain ports to single point drain which is preferably connected to vacuum for evacuating fluids from the marine engine. Fittings are provided to connect each drainage tube to each drainage point on the marine engine. Integrated within each fitting is a fluid sensor which indicates the presence of water in each part of the engine. Each sensor is connected back to a central control console having a microprocessor which will control the water removal device and verify that the marine engine has been drained properly or if there is water in the marine engine.

[F01P] COOLING OF MACHINES OR ENGINES IN GENERAL; COOLING OF INTERNAL-COMBUSTION ENGINES (arrangements in connection with cooling of propulsion units in vehicles B60K 11/00; heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials C09K 5/00; heat-exchange in general, radiators F28)


Protective sheet for vehicle suspension systems and method of installation thereof
Patent No. 9890829 

Inventor(s): Ronnie L. Black, Sr. (Wilmer, TX)
Assignee(s): AIR SPRING PROTECTION SYSTEMS, LLC (Lancaster, TX)
Law Firm: JM Host PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15099554 on 04/14/2016 (670 days app to issue)

Abstract: A protective sheet enveloping an air suspension module of a vehicle is disclosed. The protective sheet comprises a first edge, a second edge, a third edge, a fourth edge, and a middle portion. The first edge, the second edge, the third edge, and the fourth edge having a pleat with a plurality of incises. The third edge and the fourth edge are in a perpendicular orientation with respect to the first edge and the second edge. The middle portion having a mesh encapsulated within the pleat of the first edge, the second edge, the third edge, and the fourth edge. The protective sheet envelopes around an outer circumferential surface of the air suspension module using fastening means. The plurality of incises provide flexibility for easy installation of the protective sheet over the air suspension module. The protective sheet protects the air suspension module during operation of the vehicle.

[F16F] SPRINGS; SHOCK-ABSORBERS; MEANS FOR DAMPING VIBRATION


Decorative light
Patent No. 9890938 

Inventor(s): Cheng-Chun Zhang (Shenzhen, , CN), Lio Yenwei Chang (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Gemmy Industries Corp. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Venable LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15018458 on 02/08/2016 (736 days app to issue)

Abstract: A decorative light can include: a lamp case defining a hollow interior region and having an open front end; a beam splitter located inside the lamp case, the beam splitter defining an interior region; a lighting module located within the interior region of the beam splitter, the lighting module including a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) located thereon; a motor located inside the lamp case, the motor coupled to the beam splitter and adapted to rotate the beam splitter with respect to the lighting module; and a front lens mounted to the open front end of the lamp case. A convertible support stand for an outdoor lighting product is also discussed.

[F21V] FUNCTIONAL FEATURES OR DETAILS OF LIGHTING DEVICES OR SYSTEMS THEREOF; STRUCTURAL COMBINATIONS OF LIGHTING DEVICES WITH OTHER ARTICLES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [7]


Roof ridge vent and ventilated roof employing same
Patent No. 9890965 

Inventor(s): Andrew Frederick Lindahl (Plano, TX), Robert Bradley Holland (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): Air Vent, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Eckert Seamans Cherin Mellott, LLC (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14309353 on 06/19/2014 (1335 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vent for a roof includes a body having an inner surface facing the roof, an outer surface, first and second opposing ends and first and second opposing sides. First and second edge portions are disposed at or about the first and second sides, respectively, and include a plurality of openings for the passage of air. A plurality of protrusions extend outwardly from the inner surface of the body. A plurality of elongated resilient members extend longitudinally between the first and second ends of the body and cooperate with the protrusions. At least a portion of each of the elongated resilient members extends beyond a bottom edge of the vent and is compressed against the exterior surface of the roof, in order to substantially fill in and seal spaces between the exterior surface of the roof and the at least one vent.

[F24F] AIR-CONDITIONING; AIR-HUMIDIFICATION; VENTILATION; USE OF AIR CURRENTS FOR SCREENING (removing dirt or fumes from areas where they are produced B08B 15/00; vertical ducts for carrying away waste gases from buildings E04F 17/02; tops for chimneys or ventilating shafts, terminals for flues F23L 17/02)


Handgun carrier
Patent No. 9891021 

Inventor(s): Mark Galoob (Crowley, TX)
Assignee(s): The Texas Girdle Concealed Carry System, Inc. (Crowley, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14473064 on 08/29/2014 (1264 days app to issue)

Abstract: A handgun carrier for carrying a handgun is disclosed. In one embodiment, a flexible band encircles the torso and comfortably fit thereagainst with complimentary fasteners adjustably securing the ends of the flexible band. A U-shaped receiver is coupled to the flexible band and configured to permit the handgun to be drawn and holstered from the U-shaped receiver by a bearer of the handgun moving the handgun in a general vertical direction. The U-shaped receiver provides point-of-contact support of the handgun, including front strap and slide subjacent support contact and adjacent grip panel support.

[F41C] SMALLARMS, e.g. PISTOLS OR RIFLES (projecting missiles without use of explosive or combustible propellant charge F41B); ACCESSORIES THEREFOR [5]


 

P H Y S I C S

Systems, computer medium and computer-implemented methods for logging using a logging tool with adjustable detectors
Patent No. 9890632 

Inventor(s): Darryl Trcka (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Dhahran, , SA), Weatherford International, LLC (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Bracewell LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14310540 on 06/20/2014 (1334 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided are embodiments of systems, computer medium and computer-implemented methods for logging using a customizable logging tool. In some embodiments, the logging tool is capable of being disposed in a borehole formed in a geologic formation. The logging tool includes a source for emitting signals into the geologic formation surrounding the borehole and a plurality of detectors for detecting signals generated as a result of emission of signals by the source into the geologic formation surrounding the borehole. The plurality of detectors are independently repositionable such that a source-to-detector spacing for the detectors is independently variable, to provide optimum signal depending on the characteristics of the target reservoir, the borehole, and the tool source and detectors.

[G01V] GEOPHYSICS; GRAVITATIONAL MEASUREMENTS; DETECTING MASSES OR OBJECTS; TAGS (means for indicating the location of accidentally buried, e.g. snow-buried, persons A63B 29/02) [6]


Optical detector and system therefor
Patent No. 9891099 

Inventor(s): James Anton Harder (Bedford, TX), Michaelene Williams Sprague (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Elbit Systems of America, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose PC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14445221 on 07/29/2014 (1295 days app to issue)

Abstract: There is provided in a first form, a system including a detector and a reflector disposed about and proximal to the detector, at least of portion of the reflector being disposed in front of the detector. The reflector is configured to reflect at least a portion of the radiation directed to the system at an angle greater than a first predetermined value onto the detector, and the system is configured so that at least a portion of the radiation directed to the system at an angle less than the first predetermined value directly impinges on the detector.

[G01J] MEASUREMENT OF INTENSITY, VELOCITY, SPECTRAL CONTENT, POLARISATION, PHASE OR PULSE CHARACTERISTICS OF INFRA-RED, VISIBLE OR ULTRA-VIOLET LIGHT; COLORIMETRY; RADIATION PYROMETRY [2]


Probe-based data collection system with adaptive mode of probing controlled by local sample properties
Patent No. 9891280 

Inventor(s): John Sanders (Dallas, TX), Mike Berkmyre (Princeton, TX), Richard Stallcup (Frisco, TX), Sergiy Pryadkin (McKinney, TX), Vladimir A. Ukraintsev (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): FEI EFA, Inc. (Fremont, CA)
Law Firm: Klarquist Sparkman, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15368516 on 12/02/2016 (438 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for testing an integrated circuit (IC) using a nanoprobe, by using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) to register the nanoprobe to an identified feature on the IC; navigating the nanoprobe to a region of interest; scanning the nanoprobe over the surface of the IC while reading data from the nanoprobe; when the data from the nanoprobe indicates that the nanoprobe traverse a feature of interest, decelerating the scanning speed of the nanoprobe and performing testing of the IC. The scanning can be done at a prescribed nanoprobe tip force, and during the step of decelerating the scanning speed, the method further includes increasing the nanoprobe tip force.

[G01R] MEASURING ELECTRIC VARIABLES; MEASURING MAGNETIC VARIABLES (indicating correct tuning of resonant circuits H03J 3/12)


Method and system for pneumatic control for vibrator source element
Patent No. 9891329 

Inventor(s): John Sallas (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): CGG SERVICES SAS (Massy, , FR)
Law Firm: Patent Portfolio Builders PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15356844 on 11/21/2016 (449 days app to issue)

Abstract: Method, source array and source element that generate seismic waves. The source element includes an enclosure having an opening covered by a piston; a local supply accumulator fluidly communicating with an interior of the enclosure, a pressure of the fluid inside the local supply accumulator being larger than a pressure of the fluid inside the enclosure; a local supply valve located between the local supply accumulator and the enclosure and configured to control a flow of the fluid from the local supply accumulator to the interior of the enclosure; and a controller configured to control the local supply valve such that the pressure inside the enclosure does not fall below a first preset value based upon an ambient pressure of the enclosure while seismic waves are generated.

[G01V] GEOPHYSICS; GRAVITATIONAL MEASUREMENTS; DETECTING MASSES OR OBJECTS; TAGS (means for indicating the location of accidentally buried, e.g. snow-buried, persons A63B 29/02) [6]


Pivotable cover for sliding tray and sliding tray including the cover
Patent No. 9891400 

Inventor(s): Gil Ruiz (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Muncy, Geissler, Olds Lowe, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15436970 on 02/20/2017 (358 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sliding tray is configured to support one or more optical communications modules and includes a body portion having one or more mounting locations for the one or more optical communications modules, a trough projecting from the body portion and configured to support optical fibers connected to the one or more optical communications modules, and a cover pivotably connected to the tray for selectively covering the trough.

[G02B] OPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS (G02F takes precedence; optical elements specially adapted for use in lighting devices or systems thereof F21V 1/00-F21V 13/00; measuring-instruments, see the relevant subclass of class G01, e.g. optical rangefinders G01C; testing of optical elements, systems, or apparatus G01M 11/00; spectacles G02C; apparatus or arrangements for taking photographs or for projecting or viewing them G03B; sound lenses G10K 11/30; electron and ion “optics” H01J; X-ray “optics” H01J, H05G 1/00; optical elements structurally combined with electric discharge tubes H01J 5/16, H01J 29/89, H01J 37/22; microwave “optics” H01Q; combination of optical elements with television receivers H04N 5/72; optical systems or arrangements in colour television systems H04N 9/00; heating arrangements specially adapted for transparent or reflecting areas H05B 3/84) [7]


Control systems for water-sports watercraft
Patent No. 9891620 

Inventor(s): Jackie Dale Springer, Jr. (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Malibu Boats, LLC (Merced, CA)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15210776 on 07/14/2016 (579 days app to issue)

Abstract: An adjustable surf wake system can enhance a wake formed by a watercraft traveling through water. A rider control device can enable a rider to control the wake of the watercraft while riding the wake, such as for wake surfing. The rider can adjust the speed of the watercraft, can adjust the height of the wake, and/or can change the watercraft between a surf-left configuration and a surf-right configuration. The rider control device can include a position sensor. A drone can position a camera based on the position sensor of the rider control device for filming the rider.

[G05D] SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OR REGULATING NON-ELECTRIC VARIABLES (for continuous casting of metals B22D 11/16; valves per se F16K; sensing non-electric variables, see the relevant subclasses of G01; for regulating electric or magnetic variables G05F)


Method and apparatus for determining a valid touch event on a touch sensitive device
Patent No. 9891750 

Inventor(s): Farid Khafizov (Plano, TX), Margarita Khafizova (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15477233 on 04/03/2017 (316 days app to issue)

Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure relate to a technique for determining a valid touch event on a touch sensitive device. At least two touch events are received from a touch interface. The at least two touch events are combined if a time difference between each of the at least two touch events is less than a time threshold and a proximity between each of the at least two touch events is less than a proximity threshold. A valid touch event is determined if a combined pressure indicator of a combined touch event is greater than a pressure threshold.

[G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


System, method and computer readable medium for determining user attention area from user interface events
Patent No. 9891779 

Inventor(s): Robert R. Hauser (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): ORACLE AMERICA, INC. (Redwood Shores, CA)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13287481 on 11/02/2011 (2295 days app to issue)

Abstract: During an interaction with a web page, user interface events are recorded and augmented with page layout data from the document object model. An event stream is formed with the page layout data and communicated to an event server. The event server processes the event stream to determine a location at which the events were generated, which can be used to predict an area of a user”s attention.

[G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Searching data in parallel using processor-in-memory devices
Patent No. 9891842 

Inventor(s): Isom Lawrence Crawford, Jr. (Royse City, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14847807 on 09/08/2015 (889 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes comparing, in parallel, a data pattern with data stored into a plurality of columns of memory cells, and in response to detecting the data pattern in the data stored into a particular column of memory cells of the plurality of columns of memory cells, storing in a memory cell of the particular column a value indicative of at least one of an occurrence of the data pattern or a position of the data pattern in the data stored into the particular column.

[G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Variable bit encoding per NAND flash cell to improve device endurance and extend life of flash-based storage devices
Patent No. 9891844 

Inventor(s): Linh Tien Truong (San Jose, CA), Navneeth Kankani (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15485158 on 04/11/2017 (308 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and/or devices are used to implement variable bit encoding to improve device endurance and extend life of storage devices. In some embodiments, the method includes determining a current endurance metric for a plurality of non-volatile memory portions configured to store data encoded in a first encoding format and determining an estimated endurance metric for the plurality of non-volatile memory portions (e.g., corresponding to estimated endurance after reconfiguration of the one or more portions to store data encoded in a second encoding format), and in accordance with a determination that reconfiguration criteria are satisfied (e.g., the estimated endurance metric comprises an improvement over the current endurance metric), reconfiguring the one or more portions to store data encoded in the second encoding format.

[G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Block management in a dual write memory system
Patent No. 9891847 

Inventor(s): Abhijeet Manohar (Bangalore, , IN), Muralitharan Jayaraman (Bangalore, , IN), Narendhiran Chinnaanangur Ravimohan (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14811277 on 07/28/2015 (931 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage device with a memory may improve yield by reducing the allocation of blocks for secondary writes in a dual programming system. In a dual programming system, all host writes are written to both a primary copy and to a secondary copy. If the secondary copy blocks that are available have a higher endurance, then the overall allocation of available blocks for use as a secondary copy block can be reduced (improving yield). In one embodiment, utilizing different trim parameters for the secondary copy blocks may be used to increase the endurance for those blocks. Before programming the secondary copy, the trim parameters may be adjusted to increase endurance and after programming the secondary copy, the trim parameters may be adjusted back to the default value that is used when programming the primary copy.

[G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


System and method for guided validation of a customized integrated computing system configuration
Patent No. 9891984 

Inventor(s): Jeffery J. Hayward (Lucas, TX)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14986372 on 12/31/2015 (775 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated computing system configuration system includes a computing system that executes an application to receive a customized integrated computing system configuration having multiple design elements (DEs) that are associated with multiple components of a customized integrated computing system. The application may then, for at least DE, determine whether one or more other DEs in the customized integrated computing system configuration meet a specified criteria associated with the at least one DE, and when at least one of the other DEs does not meet the specified criteria such that the customized integrated computing system configuration comprises a invalid configuration, correct the invalid configuration by modifying one or more of the other DEs such that the customized integrated computing system configuration comprises a valid configuration.

[G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Network virtualization policy management system
Patent No. 9892007 

Inventor(s): David H. Lu (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Hartman Citrin LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15456996 on 03/13/2017 (337 days app to issue)

Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for providing a network virtualization policy management system. An event relating to a service can be detected, and virtual machines and virtual network functions that provide the service can be identified. A first policy that defines allocation of hardware resources to host the virtual machines and the virtual network functions can be obtained, as can a second policy that defines deployment of the virtual machines and the virtual network functions to the hardware resources. The hardware resources can be allocated based upon the first policy and the virtual machines and the virtual network functions can be deployed to the hardware resources based upon the second policy.

[G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Management of random cache read operations
Patent No. 9892032 

Inventor(s): Shay Benisty (Beer Sheva, , IL), Tal Sharifie (Lehavim, , IL), Yair Baram (Metar, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13761700 on 02/07/2013 (1832 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system are disclosed that monitor and control random cache read operations. Random cache read operation may occur until the expiration of a timer. Upon expiration of the timer, the current random cache read sequence is terminated and new received read commands will not use this sequence. A flash controller may either use a page read operation or initiate a new random cache read sequence.

[G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Information handling system and computer program product for dynamically assigning question priority based on question extraction and domain dictionary
Patent No. 9892192 

Inventor(s): Swaminathan Chandrasekaran (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Terrile, Cannatti, Chambers Holland, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14502437 on 09/30/2014 (1232 days app to issue)

Abstract: An approach is provided dynamically prioritizing question requests based on extracted question data. In the approach, performed by an information handling system, a number of question requests to a question and answering (QA) system are received from a computer network, and a plurality of question priority parameters are identified, including one or more question topics and a plurality question context parameters, by performing natural language processing (NLP) analysis of each question request. The approach determines a target priority value for each question request based on the plurality of question priority parameters identified for said question request. By evaluating the target priority values for the plurality of question requests, processing of the question requests is prioritized by applying an artificial intelligence (AI) learned models and rule-based logic at the information handling system to evaluate the target priority values for the plurality of question requests.

[G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Directing media content for playback
Patent No. 9892755 

Inventor(s): Evan Walton Layman (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Amazon Technologies, Inc. (Seattle, WA)
Law Firm: Thorpe North Western, LLP. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14671962 on 03/27/2015 (1054 days app to issue)

Abstract: Technology is described for directing media content to a target device. A media content directing request may be received from a source device indicating that the source device intends to direct media content to the target device that is available for media content playback. A list of available target devices for media content playback may be provided to the source device. A playback message may be received from the source device that includes a selection of the target device from the list of available target devices. Communication of the playback message to the target device may be facilitated to initiate playback of media content from a media content playback server as directed by the source device.

[G11B] INFORMATION STORAGE BASED ON RELATIVE MOVEMENT BETWEEN RECORD CARRIER AND TRANSDUCER (recording measured values in a way that does not require playback through a transducer G01D 9/00; recording or playback apparatus using mechanically marked tape, e.g. punched paper tape, or using unit records, e.g. punched or magnetically marked cards G06K; transferring data from one type of record carrier to another G06K 1/18; circuits for coupling output of reproducer to radio receiver H04B 1/20; gramophone pick-ups or like acoustic electromechanical transducers or circuits therefor H04R)


Methods and apparatuses for command shifter reduction
Patent No. 9892770 

Inventor(s): Debra Bell (Dallas, TX), Kallol Mazumder (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Dorsey Whitney LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14693769 on 04/22/2015 (1028 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for reducing a number of command shifters are disclosed. An example apparatus includes an encoder circuit, a latency shifter circuit, and a decoder circuit. The encoder circuit may be configured to encode commands, wherein the commands are encoded based on their command type and the latency shifter circuit, coupled to the encoder circuit, may be configured to provide a latency to the encoded commands. The decoder circuit, coupled to the latency shifter circuit, may be configured to decode the encoded commands and provide decoded commands to perform memory operations associated with the command types of the decoded commands.

[G11C] STATIC STORES (information storage based on relative movement between record carrier and transducer G11B; semiconductor devices for storage H01L, e.g. H01L 27/108-H01L 27/11597; pulse technique in general H03K, e.g. electronic switches H03K 17/00)


Fast scan to detect bit line discharge time
Patent No. 9892791 

Inventor(s): Jonathan Huynh (San Jose, CA), Jong Yuh (Pleasanton, CA), Kwang-Ho Kim (Pleasanton, CA), Qui Nguyen (San Jose, CA), Tai-Yuan Tseng (Milpitas, CA), Yen-Lung Li (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15184939 on 06/16/2016 (607 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing sensing time for sensing data states stored within a plurality of memory cells are described. In some cases, the ramping of a word line connected to the plurality of memory cells may be delayed until a threshold current corresponding with a particular number of erased memory cells of the plurality of memory cells has been met or exceeded. The threshold current may be compared with a summation of a first set of detection currents corresponding with a first set of memory cells of the plurality of memory cells that have been sensed to be in a conducting state while the word line is set to a voltage level for sensing erased memory cells. The threshold current may be set based on a chip temperature and/or a particular number of bit errors that occurred during a prior sensing operation.

[G11C] STATIC STORES (information storage based on relative movement between record carrier and transducer G11B; semiconductor devices for storage H01L, e.g. H01L 27/108-H01L 27/11597; pulse technique in general H03K, e.g. electronic switches H03K 17/00)


Methods, systems and computer program products for identity and access management
Patent No. 9893955 

Inventor(s): Allison Reeves (Dallas, TX), Gary Toretti (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Scott P. Zimmerman, PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12649505 on 12/30/2009 (2967 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods of managing access to systems of an organization are provided. The methods include creating a unique identifier for a user, the unique identifier having an associated user profile for the user and being stored with the associated user profile in an identifier repository associated with the organization; requesting at least one account for the user on at least one system of the organization responsive to the creation of the unique identifier for the user, wherein the at least one account is defined based on the user profile of the user associated with the unique identifier; and generating the at least one account for the user on the at least one system of the organization responsive to the request. Related systems and computer program products are also provided herein.

[G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Systems and methods for providing context to SIP messages
Patent No. 9894104 

Inventor(s): Ian Macfarlane (Stittsville, , CA), Paul Phillips (Westboro, MA), Sumit Garg (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): GENBAND US LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14087280 on 11/22/2013 (1544 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products are provided for providing context through a scripting-type programming language to data included in a SIP message. The method includes defining one or more contexts through a scripting-type computer programming language. The one or more contexts reference a particular pre-defined portion of a SIP message and are provided by the scripting-type computer programming language. A series of SIP messages may then be received, where each SIP message in the series belongs to the same SIP message flow. After a particular SIP message in the series is received, the message is parsed to identify whether it includes any portion of data that can be referenced via one or more contexts. Any particular portion of data that can be referenced via a context is associated with a respective context such that the respective portion of data can be referenced by the context.

[G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


 

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Systems and methods for integration of carrier-based SMS and voice functionality within API platform
Patent No. 9891891 

Inventor(s): Charles Drexler (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Inteliquent, Inc. (Chicago, IL)
Law Firm: Neal, Gerber Eisenberg LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15152118 on 05/11/2016 (643 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for integration of carrier-based service functionality with API-based functionality emanating from a single service provider or service network.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Secure identity authentication in an electronic transaction
Patent No. 9892404 

Inventor(s): Ram Viswanathan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Schmeiser, Olsen Watts (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15609819 on 05/31/2017 (258 days app to issue)

Abstract: An approach is provided for securely authenticating an identity of a user participating in an electronic transaction. A request for a biometric identifier/security question is converted to a first Quick Response (QR) code. Based on user attributes and a request from the user”s mobile device to a computer to initiate the transaction, the first QR code is disassembled into first and second portions. The first portion, but not the second portion, is sent to the mobile device. Responsive to the mobile device receiving and converting the biometric identifier/answer to the security question to a second QR code, and disassembling the second QR code into first and second portions, the second QR code is reassembled. The transaction is authorized based on whether the biometric identifier/answer matches a data repository record.

[H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Ridged word lines for increasing control gate lengths in a three-dimensional memory device
Patent No. 9893081 

Inventor(s): Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Rahul Sharangpani (Fremont, CA), Senaka Kanakamedala (Milpitas, CA), Somesh Peri (San Jose, CA), Yao-Sheng Lee (Tampa, FL)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15231205 on 08/08/2016 (554 days app to issue)

Abstract: After formation of a memory opening through an alternating stack of insulating layers and sacrificial material layers, a blocking dielectric having a greater thickness at levels of the insulating layers than at levels of the sacrificial material layers is formed around, or within, the memory opening. A memory stack structure is formed within the memory opening. Backside recesses are formed by removing the sacrificial material layers and surface portions of the blocking dielectric to form backside recesses including vertically expanded end portions. Electrically conductive layers are formed within the backside recesses. Each of the electrically conductive layers is a control gate electrode which includes a uniform thickness portion and a ridged end portion having a greater vertical extent than the uniform thickness region. The ridged end portion laterally surrounds the memory stack structure and provides a longer gate length for the control gate electrodes for the memory stack structure.

[H01L] SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (use of semiconductor devices for measuring G01; resistors in general H01C; magnets, inductors, transformers H01F; capacitors in general H01G; electrolytic devices H01G 9/00; batteries, accumulators H01M; waveguides, resonators, or lines of the waveguide type H01P; line connectors, current collectors H01R; stimulated-emission devices H01S; electromechanical resonators H03H; loudspeakers, microphones, gramophone pick-ups or like acoustic electromechanical transducers H04R; electric light sources in general H05B; printed circuits, hybrid circuits, casings or constructional details of electrical apparatus, manufacture of assemblages of electrical components H05K; use of semiconductor devices in circuits having a particular application, see the subclass for the application) [2]


Fully substrate-isolated FinFET transistor
Patent No. 9893147 

Inventor(s): Nicolas Loubet (Guilderland, NY), Prasanna Khare (Schenectady, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15345250 on 11/07/2016 (463 days app to issue)

Abstract: Channel-to-substrate leakage in a FinFET device is prevented by inserting an insulating layer between the semiconducting channel and the substrate during fabrication of the device. Similarly, source/drain-to-substrate leakage in a FinFET device is prevented by isolating the source/drain regions from the substrate by inserting an insulating layer between the source/drain regions and the substrate. Forming such an insulating layer isolates the conduction path from the substrate both physically and electrically, thus preventing current leakage. In an array of semiconducting fins made up of a multi-layer stack, the bottom material is removed thus yielding a fin array that is suspended above the silicon surface. A resulting gap underneath the remaining top fin material is then filled with oxide to better support the fins and to isolate the array of fins from the substrate.

[H01L] SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (use of semiconductor devices for measuring G01; resistors in general H01C; magnets, inductors, transformers H01F; capacitors in general H01G; electrolytic devices H01G 9/00; batteries, accumulators H01M; waveguides, resonators, or lines of the waveguide type H01P; line connectors, current collectors H01R; stimulated-emission devices H01S; electromechanical resonators H03H; loudspeakers, microphones, gramophone pick-ups or like acoustic electromechanical transducers H04R; electric light sources in general H05B; printed circuits, hybrid circuits, casings or constructional details of electrical apparatus, manufacture of assemblages of electrical components H05K; use of semiconductor devices in circuits having a particular application, see the subclass for the application) [2]


Sacrificial non-epitaxial gate stressors
Patent No. 9893187 

Inventor(s): Mark S. Rodder (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15342008 on 11/02/2016 (468 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for fabricating a fin field effect transistor (finFET) device with a strained channel. During fabrication, after the fin is formed, a dummy gate is deposited on the fin, and processed, e.g., by plasma doping and annealing, to cause stress in the dummy gate. Deep source drain (SD) recesses are formed, resulting in strain in the channel, and SD structures are formed to anchor the ends of the fin. The dummy gate is then removed.

[H01L] SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (use of semiconductor devices for measuring G01; resistors in general H01C; magnets, inductors, transformers H01F; capacitors in general H01G; electrolytic devices H01G 9/00; batteries, accumulators H01M; waveguides, resonators, or lines of the waveguide type H01P; line connectors, current collectors H01R; stimulated-emission devices H01S; electromechanical resonators H03H; loudspeakers, microphones, gramophone pick-ups or like acoustic electromechanical transducers H04R; electric light sources in general H05B; printed circuits, hybrid circuits, casings or constructional details of electrical apparatus, manufacture of assemblages of electrical components H05K; use of semiconductor devices in circuits having a particular application, see the subclass for the application) [2]


Superposition of guided surface waves on lossy media
Patent No. 9893402 

Inventor(s): James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG Technologies, LLC (Waxahachie, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas Horstemeyer, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14848582 on 09/09/2015 (888 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for superposition of guided surface wave launched along the surface of a lossy medium such as, e.g., a terrestrial medium by exciting a guided surface waveguide probe. In one example, among others, a system includes an array of guided surface waveguide probes configured to launch guided surface waves along a surface of a lossy conducting medium and an array control system configured to control operation of waveguide probes in the array via one or more feed networks. The array control circuit can control operation of the guided surface waveguide probes to maintain a predefined radiation pattern produced by the guided surface waves. In another example, a method includes providing voltage excitation to first and second guided surface waveguide probes to launch guided surface waves with the voltage excitation provided to the second guided surface waveguide probe delayed by a defined phase delay.

[H01P] WAVEGUIDES; RESONATORS, LINES OR OTHER DEVICES OF THE WAVEGUIDE TYPE (operating at optical frequencies G02B)


Enhanced guided surface waveguide probe
Patent No. 9893403 

Inventor(s): James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG Technologies, LLC (Waxahachie, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas Horstemeyer, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15238041 on 08/16/2016 (546 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various examples are provided for enhanced guided surface waveguide probes, systems and methods. In one example, a guided surface waveguide probe includes a charge terminal comprising a upper terminal portion coupled to a lower terminal portion through a variable capacitance. In another example, a method includes positioning the charge terminal at a defined height over a lossy conducting medium; adjusting a phase delay () of a feed network connected to the charge a terminal to match a wave tilt angle () corresponding to a complex Brewster angle of incidence ([subscript]i,B[/subscript]) associated with the lossy conducting medium; adjusting the variable capacitance based upon an image ground plane impedance (Z[subscript]in[/subscript]) associated with the lossy conducting medium; and exciting the charge terminal with an excitation voltage via the feed network. The excitation voltage can establish an electric field that couples into a guided surface waveguide mode along a surface of the lossy conducting medium.

[H01P] WAVEGUIDES; RESONATORS, LINES OR OTHER DEVICES OF THE WAVEGUIDE TYPE (operating at optical frequencies G02B)


Wideband slot antenna for wireless communication devices
Patent No. 9893429 

Inventor(s): Daejoung Kim (San Diego, CA), Hongyu Wang (Shenzhen, , CN), Ping Shi (San Diego, CA), Shing Lung Steven Yang (San Diego, CA), Wee Kian Toh (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13792512 on 03/11/2013 (1800 days app to issue)

Abstract: An antenna comprising a conductive base comprising a west edge, an east edge, a north edge, a south edge, and a center axis, a left slot of nonconductive material extending from the south edge toward the north edge and positioned between the west edge and the center axis, and a right slot of nonconductive material extending from the south edge toward the north edge and positioned between the east edge and the center axis.

[H01Q] AERIALS (radiators or aerials for microwave heating H05B 6/72)


Communications jack having a flexible substrate with a cantilevered finger with a crosstalk compensation circuit
Patent No. 9893481 

Inventor(s): Brian J. Fitzpatrick (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15423422 on 02/02/2017 (376 days app to issue)

Abstract: Communications jacks include at least first through third jackwire contacts and a flexible substrate that has a first finger and a second finger. The first jackwire contact and the third jackwire contact are each mounted on the first finger and the second jackwire contact is mounted on the second finger.

[H01R] ELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE CONNECTIONS; STRUCTURAL ASSOCIATIONS OF A PLURALITY OF MUTUALLY-INSULATED ELECTRICAL CONNECTING ELEMENTS; COUPLING DEVICES; CURRENT COLLECTORS (switches, fuses H01H; coupling devices of the waveguide type H01P 5/00; switching arrangements for the supply or distribution of electric power H02B; installations of electric cables or lines, or of combined optical and electric cables or lines, or of auxiliary apparatus H02G; printed means for providing electric connections to or between printed circuits H05K)


AC-DC power converters with improved voltage output level transitions
Patent No. 9893628 

Inventor(s): Zaohong Yang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Blank Rome LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15064395 on 03/08/2016 (707 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure relates to power converters that are capable of providing smooth transitions between multiple output voltage levels. The converter”s output may need to be changed from, e.g., 5V to 12V, 15V, or 20Vbased on the charging device”s request. By using improved power converter designs comprising both a flyback converter circuit and variable-frequency buck converter circuit that may each be selectively coupled to an output load, a more smooth, e.g., monotonous, transition between output voltage levels may be achieved. In particular, by varying the switching frequency of the buck converter in a controlled way, the output voltage of the power converter may rise monotonically during the transition between output voltage levels. According to some embodiments, once the output of the buck converter has reached its maximum value, the buck converter may be disabled, and the flyback converter may be enabled to begin supplying the output voltage to the load.

[H02M] APPARATUS FOR CONVERSION BETWEEN AC AND AC, BETWEEN AC AND DC, OR BETWEEN DC AND DC, AND FOR USE WITH MAINS OR SIMILAR POWER SUPPLY SYSTEMS; CONVERSION OF DC OR AC INPUT POWER INTO SURGE OUTPUT POWER; CONTROL OR REGULATION THEREOF (conversion of current or voltage specially adapted for use in electronic time-pieces with no moving parts G04G 19/02; systems for regulating electric or magnetic variables in general, e.g. using transformers, reactors or choke coils, combination of such systems with static converters G05F; for digital computers G06F 1/00; transformers H01F; connection or control of one converter with regard to conjoint operation with a similar or other source of supply H02J; dynamo-electric converters H02K 47/00; controlling transformers, reactors or choke coils, control or regulation of electric motors, generators or dynamo-electric converters H02P; pulse generators H03K) [5]


Systems for amplifying a signal using a transformer matched transistor
Patent No. 9893683 

Inventor(s): Bryan G. Fast (Garland, TX), David D. Heston (Dallas, TX), Jon Mooney (Dallas, TX), Thomas L. Middlebrook (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Daly, Crowley, Mofford Durkee, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15062796 on 03/07/2016 (708 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit for amplifying a source signal generated by a signal source having a first impedance includes a transmission line transformer (TLT) having a first, a second, a third, and a fourth port wherein the TLT is coupled to receive the source signal at the first port and configured to output a corresponding impedance matched signal at the second port, the second port is coupled to the third port of the TLT, the circuit also including a TLT load having a first terminal coupled to the fourth port of the TLT and a second terminal coupled to a reference potential. The circuit additionally includes an amplifier device responsive to the impedance matched signal to generate an amplified signal.

[H03F] AMPLIFIERS (measuring, testing G01R; optical parametric amplifiers G02F; circuit arrangements with secondary emission tubes H01J 43/30; masers, lasers H01S; dynamo-electric amplifiers H02K; control of amplification H03G; coupling arrangements independent of the nature of the amplifier, voltage dividers H03H; amplifiers capable only of dealing with pulses H03K; repeater circuits in transmission lines H04B 3/36, H04B 3/58; application of speech amplifiers in telephonic communication H04M 1/60, H04M 3/40)


Offset calibration circuit and method for an amplifier circuit
Patent No. 9893688 

Inventor(s): Pavan Nallamothu (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15299527 on 10/21/2016 (480 days app to issue)

Abstract: A differential amplifier has an inherent offset voltage. In many circuit applications, such as with a voltage to current converter circuit, it is important to nullify that offset voltage. A calibration circuit is provided to configured the differential amplifier to operate as a comparator with a common voltage applied to both inputs. The logic state of the output of the amplifier indicates whether the offset voltage is positive or negative. In response thereto, a trim current with a progressively increasing magnitude is injected into the amplifier and the amplifier output is monitored to detect a change in logic state. The magnitude of the trim current at the point where the logic state changes is the magnitude of trim current needed to nullify the voltage offset.

[H03F] AMPLIFIERS (measuring, testing G01R; optical parametric amplifiers G02F; circuit arrangements with secondary emission tubes H01J 43/30; masers, lasers H01S; dynamo-electric amplifiers H02K; control of amplification H03G; coupling arrangements independent of the nature of the amplifier, voltage dividers H03H; amplifiers capable only of dealing with pulses H03K; repeater circuits in transmission lines H04B 3/36, H04B 3/58; application of speech amplifiers in telephonic communication H04M 1/60, H04M 3/40)


Gain control method for a broadband inductorless low noise amplifier
Patent No. 9893693 

Inventor(s): Chengfang Liao (Shanghai, , CN), Ping Yin (Greensboro, NC), Robert Grant Irvine (Greensboro, NC), Zhihang Zhang (Cary, NC)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13707739 on 12/07/2012 (1894 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mobile device comprising an antenna, a receiver coupled to the antenna, and a transmitter coupled to the antenna, wherein the receiver, the transmitter, or both comprise a low noise amplifier comprising an adjustable gain and a variable impedance controller, and wherein the low noise amplifier is configured to sink current and to adjust a shunt resistance substantially simultaneously. Included is a method comprising receiving an electrical signal, substantially simultaneously adjusting an input impedance and a gain factor, amplifying the electrical signal, thereby producing an amplified signal, and outputting the amplified signal.

[H03G] CONTROL OF AMPLIFICATION (impedance networks, e.g. attenuators, H03H; control of transmission in lines H04B 3/04)


Credit based approach to optimizing optical transmission
Patent No. 9893804 

Inventor(s): Daniel Bihon (Allen, TX), Eric Koopferstock (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15263042 on 09/12/2016 (519 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems may implement a credit based approach for optimizing optical transmission and calculating optical paths in optical networks.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Lawful intercept in an internet protocol-based telephony system
Patent No. 9894109 

Inventor(s): Christopher Pearce (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15003993 on 01/22/2016 (753 days app to issue)

Abstract: Messages sent from an initiating device to a called device to establish a telephonic communication session between the initiating device and the called device are received at a network device. One of a first network or a second network is selected to establish a first communication path of the telephonic communication session. The first network comprises an Internet Protocol network to which the initiating device and the called device are connected, and the second network comprises a public switched telephone network. Messages are sent to the called device via the one of the first network or the second network to establish the first communication path. A second communication path is established between the initiating device and the called device through another of the first network or the second network. At least a subset of data also being sent over the first communication path is sent via the second communication path.

[H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Tiered service resell mechanism for IPTV
Patent No. 9894127 

Inventor(s): Brian C. Westmoreland (Plano, TX), Corey F. Adams (Frisco, TX), Michael J. Brehm (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Alcatel Lucent (Boulogne-Billancourt, , FR)
Law Firm: Loza Loza, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12627564 on 11/30/2009 (2997 days app to issue)

Abstract: A media backend server deployed within an IPTV system and operated by a hosting operator enables tiered reselling of IPTV services to a hosted operator. The media backend server receives a web service call for a plurality of media content from a branch server operated by the hosted operator. The media backend server proxies the web service call to a head end server to retrieve media metadata for at least a portion of the media content. In addition, the media backend server provides filtered media metadata corresponding to media content purchased by the hosted operator from the hosting operator to the branch server.

[H04N] PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION [4]


Direct routing of communication sessions for mobile IP communication end points
Patent No. 9894700 

Inventor(s): Carroll L. Gray-Preston (Morrisville, NC), Frederick C. Kemmerer, Jr. (Hollis, NH), Jeremy Fuller (Linlithgow, , GB)
Assignee(s): GENBAND US LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15339824 on 10/31/2016 (470 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of methods and systems for direct routing of communication sessions for mobile IP communication end points are presented. The methods may be implemented in a service provider network. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving, on a first service provider network, a request for access to a target communication device, the target communication device being associated with a second service provider network. The method may also include receiving an indicator, from the second service provider network, that the target communication device is roaming on a third service provider network. Additionally, the method may include establishing a peer-to-peer communication link with the target communication device on the third service provider network by a direct peer-to-peer interconnection process.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


DESIGN PATENTS

Display panel portion with a graphical user interface component for an aircraft maintenance interface
Patent No. D810095 

Inventor(s): James Wilson (Dallas, TX), Neal Vali (Frisco, TX), William Mattingly (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TALERIS GLOBAL LLP (, , GB)
Law Firm: GE Aviation Patent Operation (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29554809 on 02/16/2016 (728 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Shirt clip for camera
Patent No. D810179 

Inventor(s): Dwight David Harms (Little Elm, TX), Timothy Francis Hall (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): TRINITY INNOVATIVE SOLUTIOS, LLC (Little Elm, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29550852 on 01/07/2016 (768 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Orthodontic bracket
Patent No. D810303 

Inventor(s): Anthony D. Viazis (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ORALECT LICENSING, LTD. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29580247 on 10/06/2016 (495 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pet toy
Patent No. D810364 

Inventor(s): Brittany Green (Fort Worth, TX), Chris Wilson (Plano, TX), Nicholas Baker (Fort Worth, TX), Ryan Wills (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29572986 on 08/02/2016 (560 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pet toy
Patent No. D810365 

Inventor(s): Brittany Green (Fort Worth, TX), Chris Wilson (Plano, TX), Nicholas Baker (Fort Worth, TX), Ryan Wills (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29572993 on 08/02/2016 (560 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Jewelry cleaning applicator
Patent No. D810368 

Inventor(s): Daniel L. Kessler (Dallas, TX), Henry M. Kessler (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Sy Kessler Sales, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29534055 on 07/24/2015 (935 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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